Vet, Waddell Named to Watch List for Player of the Year Award

Vet, Waddell Named to Watch List for Player of the Year Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fifty student-athletes from across the country have been selected to the watch list for the NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award, announced the Association on Wednesday afternoon.

Headlining the list are 23 returning NFCA All-Americans, six from the first team, including 2016 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player of the Year, Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State (Mich.). Additionally, the last two Schutt Sports/NFCA Freshmen of the Year, Colorado Christian's Charlotte Romero (3rd Team) and Dixie State's Janessa Bassett (2nd Team) made the list.

Two West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats made the list.

Junior pitcher Hannah Vet and senior second baseman Brooklyn Waddell were both selected to the watch list.

In all, the group consists of one graduate student, 22 seniors, 19 juniors and eight sophomores, representing 42 programs from 19 different conferences. Seven programs garnered multiple candidates led by NCAA Division II national runner-up Humboldt State's three selections. National champions North Alabama, along with Saint Leo, Minnesota State, Colorado Christian, Bloomsburg and West Virginia Wesleyan boasted two honorees apiece.

The Great Lakes Valley, Peach Belt and PacWest Conferences each boasted four programs, while the Lone Star Conference, Great American Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sported three representatives.

The Gulf South Conference, Northeast-10 Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association had two programs apiece, while the Sunshine State Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association, East Coast Conference, South Athletic Conference, Mount East Conference and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference grasped one spot.

The Top 25 finalists for the 2016 NFCA/ Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 27. A student-athlete does not have to be on watch list to be considered for the Top 25.

The Top 10 will be announced on May 11 and the three finalists on May 18 with the 2017 Player of the Year revealed on May 24 at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.

Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.

The list was compiled by the NFCA Division II All-American/Coaching Staff of the Year Committee, consisting of one member from each of the NFCA's eight regions.

 

2017 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Watch List

Name

Position

Class

School

Stephanie Adkins***

Pitcher

Senior

Saint Leo University

Kaitlyn Bannister*

Third Base

Senior

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Janessa Bassett**

Outfield

Junior

Dixie State University

Brooke Bernard

Second Base

Junior

William Jewell University

Lyndsay Butler*

Pitcher

Graduate

Wayne State University

Kailyn Campbell

First Base

Senior

Central Washington University

Hillary Carpenter

Pitcher

Senior

University of North Alabama

Madison Carter

Shortstop

Junior

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Courtney Case

Shortstop

Senior

Le Moyne College

Rachel DiBartolomeo

Outfield

Senior

Mercyhurst University

Hannah Farmer

Outfield

Sophomore

Colorado Christian University

Bailey Gaspar**

Designated Player

Junior

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Brooke Goad**

Outfield

R-Junior

Southern Arkansas University

Jalissa Gum***

Utility

Senior

Arkansas Tech University

Kilee Halbert***

Pitcher

Junior

West Texas A&M University

Stephanie Hartness*

Outfield

Senior

University of North Georgia

Morgan Heard**

Shortstop

Junior

University of Central Oklahoma

Rachael Heath

Utility

Senior

Saint Leo University

Haley Hodges*

Catcher

Senior

University of Southern Indiana

Brooke Hodgson

Outfield

Junior

Colorado Mesa University

Hanna Holland**

Outfield

Junior

Humboldt State University

Tiffany Hollingsworth

Second Base

Senior

Humboldt State University

Sarah Kennedy

Shortstop

Junior

Augustana University (S.D.)

Taylor Kline***

Shortstop

Junior

Ohio Dominican University

Natalie Lalich

Utility

Senior

University of Indianapolis

Meghan Luebbert

Outfield

Senior

Concordia University-Portland

Brenna Martini*

Third Base

Junior

Adelphi University

Breezy McComas

Outfield

Senior

Cameron University

London Miller**

Catcher/Outfield

Senior

California Baptist University

Marissa Monasseri**

Catcher

Junior

Caldwell University

McKenzie Paap

Outfield

Sophomore

Minnesota State University

Taylor Parker

P/SS

Senior

Bloomsburg University

Emily Price

Shortstop

Junior

California University (Pa.)

Christa Reisinger

Outfield

Sophomore

Truman State University

Hannah Reppert

First Base

Senior

Armstrong State University

Emmie Robertson

Pitcher

Junior

Pittsburg State

Coley Ries***

Pitcher

Senior

Minnesota State University

Charlotte Romero***

Second Base

Sophomore

Colorado Christian University

Rhiannon Sassman*

Infield/Catcher

Sophomore

University of West Florida

Julia Seader

Catcher

Sophomore

LIU Post

Nicki Sprague**

Second Base

Senior

Azusa Pacific University

Hayley Tierce

Third Base

Sophomore

Georgia Southwestern State University

Reagan Tittle

Outfield

Junior

University of North Alabama

Kenedy Urbany

Pitcher/

Senior

Angelo State

Hannah Vet

Pitcher

Junior

West Virginia Wesleyan

Kelsey Vining*

Outfield

Junior

University of Montevallo

Brooklyn Waddell

Second Base

Senior

West Virginia Wesleyan

Ashlyn White*

Pitcher/First Base

Senior

Henderson State University

Madison Williams**

Pitcher

Junior

Humboldt State University

Taylor Winkelman

Infield/Outfield

Sophomore

Bloomsburg University

 *Denotes First-Team NFCA All-American

**Denotes Second-Team NFCA All-American

***Denotes Third-Team NFCA All-American